It’s easier for me to speak to 1,000 people than it is to one. Why is one so difficult?
I love telling stories, and making jokes about myself, but when I feel God leading me to share with one person, I sometimes shut down. Fear of rejection and failure are crippling. Maybe my biggest fear is appearing like a stereotype. I don’t want to be labeled as “one of those weird people.” But that’s no excuse to excuse myself from following the Holy Spirit guiding me. Jesus has called us to get into messy, personal, and spiritual relationships with others.
So how can we do that?
So, the obvious might be to invite them to church, but what if you want to “go fishin’” in a more personal way? I’d say, pray for them, share a good playlist, or one of Mike’s messages. Also texting them scripture is great! I don’t know anyone who’s ever gotten mad at me over a little encouragement. People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. So start with something personal before informational.
If you want to start a conversation with them about church, ask questions like, “What do you usually do on the weekends?” or, “What’s been the most impactful thing someone else has done for you?”
Remember that you are an influencer, and your influence is for the benefit of others. Even the most popular kid on campus can be profoundly influenced by a little encouragement. A small voice acting in obedience to a mighty God can move mountains in lives.
Remember that every decision you make is an act of worship, and that includes the use of your influence. If you’re not fishing, are you following Jesus? So most of all, be obedient to God, ask Him to lead you to those that He wants to reach.
(Romans 12:1-2, Mark 1:17, Matthew 28:18-20, John 13:34-35 )
Next Steps for High School Students:
- NSCY High School Back to School Bash – Sunday, August 9 at 6 p.m. at NorthStar Church
- NSCY “Meet our Team” – Sunday, August 16 – 6 p.m. at NorthStar Church
- Listen or Share the NorthStar Messages: CLICK HERE